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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Detailed in a letter from the General to his officers during the war, Washington’s recipe employed molasses to aid fermentation and give rich caramel notes to this robust, roasty ale. The recipe reflected his admiration for Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare (whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now). Our Tavern Porter, inspired by Washington’s, is dark, smooth, and complex with just a hint of dried fruit in the finish

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
12 oz bottle from Paul. Smells like vinegar but not like it’s turned (yet?). Theres still some caramel and cola flavors too. Actully, it gets to be port-ish, grape/almost raisen-ish. Too sweet and no roastiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Thanks to Slob for this one. Aroma is very muted, but some mild sweetness of indeterminable origin comes through. Dark brown with a large creamy head. More sweet than roasty, but it has sort of sulpher tinge to it rather than any molasses I have had. Some mild cheery fruit flavors in the finish. Doesn’t have that roasty wholesomeness I expect froma porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours a bit light colored for a porter- deep red/light brown with a big head at first but fades. Carbonation is way too high as was expected from Yards. Aroma is moslty fruity with lots of crystla malts with hints of chocolate. SOme yeasty notes along wit some fruit- makes me think the fermentation temp is too high. Molasses definately adds to the alcohol. Sweet caramel malt flavors with some hot alcohol in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2005
12 oz. Bottle. Poured a dark brown with red highlights, with a foamy off white head. Nose had some fruit and choclate. The taste was full and smooth, lots of typical porter flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a rich, creamy tan head. Color is a very deep amber. Taste is a chocolate malty, toasty. Good carbonation. A nice occasional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2005
My wife brought this bottle back from her trip to Philly. Pours a dark mahogany color with a decent tan head that left a tiny bit of lacing. Scent is sweet, mostly. Lots of dark fruits; dates and cherries mostly. Very nice. Flavor is okay. Same fruit flavors as in the scent but they’re not as ...spry. There’s an off aftertaste here, as if they were trying to go for a mineral mouthfeel and it affected the flavor a touch. Still not bad, though. Mouthfeel definitely has some mineral to it and is well carbonated. I’m not a big Porter fan normally but I try to rate to style. I gotta say this is one of the better Porters I’ve had, but not the best. I wonder how close this is to Gen. Washington’s intention.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Sampled. Mondial de la bière 2005. Deep brown color and tan head that goes to a ring.Smoked, caramel and roasted malt aroma. Smoked, roasted malt and caramel taste. Very nice. Bière de couleur brune très foncé, avec un collet brun qui se résume en un anneau. Au goût, elle est fumé, avec un goût de caramel et de malt grillé. Bien réussis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3159) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Very foamy head. In fact, had to wait unitl head settled. Sweet aromas of caramel and malts. Taste is very sweet. Not as heavy has many Porters. Appearance was dark brown with a tan, frothy head. Lively carbonation with a medium body. Can taste teh sweet malts and molasses. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2005
A colorful colonial looking label, and some history of the beer on the back made this a good looking and informative bottle. As I uncapped it, the foam started rising above the top. Pouring it confirmed a highly carbonated beer that was difficult to pour in the first pass, as a majority of the pint glass was filled with a thick foamy head. Underlying the head, the beer was murky, reddish brown, rather than the typical nearly black Porter. The aroma was musty, sprucey, and sour, rather than the roasty chocolaty smell I typically associate with Porters. This smelled more like an Old Ale. The taste was tangy, woodsy, and sour with some chocolate like taste. There was almost no burnt taste in here. The molasses mentioned on the label must have been used sparingly, as the beer taste rather light and thin, but somewhat sweet. I am sure they even used any hop, because there wasn’t a trace of hop bitterness or flavor. Felt a bit too experimental and homebrew like to fully enjoy. A different take on the style to be sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Dark brown a ceratinly not opaque. Large creamy tan head. The aroma is choco-coffee roasted malt and some more sugary bits. The flavor is nutty some locrorice and chocolate. Way over carbonated. The mnouthfeel is horribly fizzy and almost fills your mouth up with air. Medium watery body. Not too bad but pretty run-of-the-mill overall.

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